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Monday, December 22, 2014

Gram’s 4-Bean Salad

Big thanks to Libby’s for sponsoring today’s post.

gram's 4-bean salad from @janemaynard

I’m starting to sound like a broken record this month, but I really love how the food around the holidays reminds me of loved ones and years past. It’s definitely the time of year that I turn to beloved family recipes the most.

gram's 4-bean salad from @janemaynard

Nate’s Gram Maynard didn’t cook much, but she had a few signature recipes that were pretty much perfect. Like potato salad – it was simple, reliable and perfectly flavored. And her homemade hot fudge was to die for. Another one of her recipes that we loved was her marinated 4-bean salad. It appeared at every family gathering and, even though Gram is no longer with us, the bean salad is always still on the table when we all get together. Just seeing that bowl of beans instantly reminds me of Gram.

gram's 4-bean salad from @janemaynard

Thankfully we have the recipe and can recreate the magic whenever we want. I love this 4-bean salad because it is beyond easy to throw together, has just the right amount of sweetness and goes with pretty much anything. Plus, for our family, every bite reminds us of Gram, which is especially welcome around the holidays.

gram's 4-bean salad from @janemaynard

gram's 4-bean salad from @janemaynard

Gram's Marinated 4-Bean Salad
  • 1¼ cups canned wax beans
  • 1¼ cup canned green beans
  • 1 cup canned kidney beans
  • ¾ cup canned chickpeas
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced into rings
  • ½ cup chopped green pepper
  • ⅔ cup vinegar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  1. Drain al lof the canned beans
  2. In a large bowl combine the wax beans, green beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, onions and green peppers together.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, sugar, salt and pepper. Pour over the bean mixture.
  4. Stir, cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
  5. Drain before serving.



  1. 1

    I remember the first time I had a bean salad as a kid. I really, really didn’t want to try something that had multiple beans shoved into the same dish, but there was something about the vinegar and sweetness that had me going back for seconds. I can’t wait to try this!

  2. 2
    sea wall

    It’s pretty remarkable how much of the food on the table at the Holidays is rooted in memories and tradition. Around our house, it’s kind of a marathon of dishes that remind us of my father’s mother.

  3. 3

    I love those ‘old’ recipes that not only remind you or ‘goodness’ and are so delicious BUT that also take you back in time to good times and even better people. Isn’t that what the holidays are really all about – and food, more than most other things, does it better than almost anything…

  4. I’ve never thought to put chickpeas in our bean salad. Looks delicious!

  5. 5

    I’ve never been one for cold bean salads but this might change that- I think it’s the chickpeas! I know it’s Gram’s recipe but have you ever tweaked the spices to give it a little more spice?

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